Originally Posted by Mxj1
Its more or less a hobby for me... and I've got an awesome wife that doesn't mind.
I pretty much fit in the 'because I can' category when it comes to the ram block. I received a defective Bykski rad from FormulaMod and had a credit with them that was ~$10 less than the ram block. I told them just to drop that ram block in my next order and I'd be happy - they obliged (side note: they've got some of the best customer service that I've ever dealt with...). I've got a few things in my current build that the general watercooling public thinks are ridiculous, but I've found quite a bit of enjoyment in tinkering and realizing some of the general claims are completely unfounded.
My most recent was a reddit debate with the 'one D5 pump is enough for any system' crowd. Of course one D5 is not always enough. lol
What are you using to monitor your ram temps with?
As a side note, I realized several weeks ago that a drug addiction would probably be cheaper than this hobby.
LOL! I had that same realization. I am spending way too much money on this hobby. But I can't help it. I love tinkering. Its what I do for a living, and sometimes those jobs can be a pain because some clients are just d**ks, but when I can do it on my own time, and just relax and play, I love it! Also, I used to, back in the 'just out of college' days, be a legit drug addict. OxyContin. It was bad. And probably because I sold drugs to fund my habit, this is definitely legitimately more expensive. But when you can afford it, and you aren't spending mortgage money or bill money on it, then I don't consider it near as dangerous. That would after all be stupid, what good is a dozen sick Rigs, if you have no home to put them in, or no electricity to power them with? LOL! Also you are lucky to have a wife who understands. My Ex-Fiance definitely did not. And for a good minute she got me to stop playing with my computers so much, and tried to do things together. But ultimately, she just wasn't for me, so we split a little over 2 years now. For the first time since being clean (2009, so 11 years now) I am single and am not dating, and although it sucks to be without a partner to keep you company, I am actually finding it quite liberating. Still, you are a lucky man, I envy you!
On the One Pump is enough note. Yeah, I mean you could probably get by w/ one One D5 in a normal loop without much restriction. But you definitely get better head pressure, a higher flow rate, and best of all peace of mind with redundancy with the 2nd. Personally for any production Rig that needs to be in service 24/7, there are 2 things I would never go without in my Loop. Well 3 Really.
1) 2 D5 Pumps (I actually will mix a D5 with a DDC when Noise isn't an issue which actually gives me awesome results, despite the general belief that this is bad and will make one burn out sooner. I only have experience with this in 3 builds so far, the longest going for almost 2 years now, but still have yet to have an issue).
2) QDC's so that I can quickly and easily pull parts out as necessary without draining the loop.
3) An Aquaero for having a reliable device to plug my sensors, fans, pumps, flow meters, and alarms, and relays to. It makes Automatic shut off in the event of something going wrong super simple, as well as having a second way to remotely turn on a rig when WoL isn't working correctly. There are of course more needs, but those are the 3 that all my builds share, even on builds that look like they are only sporting one pump, there is always a second one hidden in the basement just after the 1st in the loop, especially because I use so many QDC's, I have a lot of restriction to overcome.
Anyways, all that is to say, I 100 Percent agree!